Main definitions of mullet in English

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noun

  • Any of various chiefly marine fish that are widely caught for food.

    Families Mullidae (see and red mullet and ) and Mugilidae (see and grey mullet and )

    • ‘With higher ocean temperature we often find more mackerel, bass and mullet willing to feed.’
    • ‘This venue is good for carp, crucians and mullet; it is also one of the prime catfish venues.’
    • ‘The sea species that I have caught are mainly mullet and flounders, but I understand that there are also other sea species appearing, including bass.’
    • ‘Without doubt one of the nicest fish to catch in the ocean during the warm summer weather are mullet.’
    • ‘Rather to my surprise, because fish only recently entered my daughter's menu on a regular basis, she chose the mullet.’
    • ‘At their best, grey mullet are fine fish to eat.’
    • ‘Les gets his sea bass, grey mullet, and plaice from Morecambe Bay.’
    • ‘Red mullet were grouped in the sand, and European parrotfish meandered through the seagrass.’
    • ‘Naturally I continued to fish on and had another two smaller thin-lipped mullet from other swims.’
    • ‘Season the red mullet fillets with salt and black pepper and lay them in the hot olive oil.’

Phrases

    like a stunned mullet
    Australian, New Zealand informal
    • Dazed and uncomprehending.

      ‘he sat there like a stunned mullet’
      • ‘The actor is once again faintly awful, most of the time acting like a stunned mullet instead of exhibiting any real emotion.’
      • ‘You don't want to be left looking like a stunned mullet when he starts talking, while the masses nod knowingly in agreement with him.’
      • ‘They walk into Parliament like stunned mullets.’
      • ‘They all sit there like stunned mullets, saying they really do not know what to do with this bill.’
      • ‘He sat there like a stunned mullet when I asked him whether he believed the speech.’
      • ‘I am trapped helplessly in the middle like a stunned mullet.’
      • ‘I sat like a stunned mullet trying to absorb that this entire event to raise money is centred on the celebration of my life.’
      • ‘The food companies just sit there like stunned mullets as their customers and products are demonized.’
      • ‘He looked like a stunned mullet on the stage when the balloons came down.’
      • ‘The blogs are like stunned mullets over why no one is taking much notice of him and his book.’

Origin

Late Middle English from Old French mulet, diminutive of Latin mullus ‘red mullet’, from Greek mullos.

Pronunciation

mullet

/ˈmʌlɪt/

Main definitions of mullet in English

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mullet2

noun

Heraldry
  • A star with five (or more) straight-edged points or rays, as a charge or a mark of cadency for a third son.

    • ‘He stated the mullet/star is the basic symbol of the Scottish clan DOUGLAS.’
    • ‘The mullet, or star, is indicative of the upward surging spirit.’
    • ‘The mullet (star) represents the Lone Star of Texas and is surmounted by a sunburst symbolizing the Philippine Unit Commendation in World War II.’

Origin

Late Middle English from Old French molette ‘rowel’, diminutive of meule ‘millstone’, from Latin mola ‘grindstone’.

Pronunciation

mullet

/ˈmʌlɪt/

Main definitions of mullet in English

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mullet3

noun

  • A man's hairstyle in which the hair is cut short at the front and sides and left long at the back.

    • ‘They all had a variety of hair styles; mullets, colored Mohawks, long shaggy hair, sleek spikes.’
    • ‘Fordham earned the Viking tag largely thanks to his large frame, fuzzy beard and a remarkably coiffured lengthy brown mullet hairstyle.’
    • ‘The mullet, that dodgy haircut with short top and long back (aka business in the front, party at the back), is making a comeback.’
    • ‘My only consolation is that everyone else is displaying equally questionable coiffures - mullets and blond highlights seemed to be the look of the late 80s Somerset Sixth Form student.’
    • ‘I'm going to drink nothing but warm Budweiser, cut my hair into a mullet and turn my living room into a replica of Nassau Coliseum, complete with strobe and laser lights and bad acoustics.’
    • ‘Al had a heart-shaped face and mullet haircut peppered gray at the temples.’
    • ‘They parade in their t-shirts with sunset prints on them, whilst fluffing their mullet haircuts.’
    • ‘Bott possesses a mean mullet haircut and a talent for sharpie dancing, amongst other dubious pursuits.’
    • ‘Joni sports a mid-range wrestler mullet and a purple wrestling suit to match it.’
    • ‘He's not bad looking but is sporting a mullet, singlet and silver chain.’
    • ‘The fashion conscious would not hesitate in answering - they have all sported a mullet hairstyle.’
    • ‘He has an obscene amount of muscles and an unfortunate shaggy mullet hairstyle.’
    • ‘"There's talk of a league forming," says Chan, who is wearing a mullet wig.’
    • ‘With that name, do you think he wears a mullet?’
    • ‘So, I had to wonder - what the hell is the deal with men wearing mullets and tight jeans?’
    • ‘Midweek nightlife includes live singing to a karaoke track by a stout lady with a blonde mullet.’
    • ‘And at the end of the book he thought a blonde mullet and moustache was a good disguise.’
    • ‘Anyone with that blonde mullet should keep a low profile.’
    • ‘In every school yearbook picture Mullet had had a mullet.’
    • ‘Georges' wife, who works for a successful editor, is concerned: not least for their monosyllabic son, Pierrot, a young swimming champ who sports an unlikely curly mullet.’

Origin

1990s of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

mullet

/ˈmʌlɪt/